Important polychrome terracotta Art Nouveau style bust representing a young woman. Her hair is attached by a high bun and her light, eventful dress makes visible her right shoulder. We can notice the realism of the figure and the light casual dress. Signed "Goldscheider" and stamped "Reproduction reserved" in a reserve at the rear of the base. Numbered 961 21. The Goldscheider porcelain and majolica manufactory was established by Friedrich Goldscheider (1845-1897) in Vienna in 1885. The factory produced various ceramics, from ordinary faience vessel to luxurious porcelain objects. However, it is its polychrome terracotta sculptures that made its reputation as the polychrome followed the naturalistic approach of the sculpture in Austria. The Goldscheider manufactory was thus the source of technical innovations in polychrome and patina. Friedrich exposes its terracotta objects throughout Europe. He participated at the Leipzig Fair in 1887, at the Universal Exposition of Barcelona in 1888 and, a year later, at the World Fair in Paris. The following years, Friedrich Goldscheider presents its creations at all major events, including the Paris Salon. His figures and vases are widely appreciated and several firms are then established in Germany, France, England but also in the United States. In 1892, a subsidiary for the production of bronze is created in Paris, 45 Rue de Paradis and, in 1896, a store is opened 28 Avenue de l'Opera. After Friedrich Goldscheider’s death in 1897, his wife Regina and his brother Alois took the firm over. The production of figures continued and one started under the influence of Art Nouveau to make sculptural vases. In 1953, following the financial difficulties, the firm was shut down.
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